York Engaged Students (YES)

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YES is a Work/Study program designed to support the outstanding contributions, services and campus engagement activities organized and performed by our student leaders on campus. YES positions focus on enhancing a student employee's engagement and success at such things as peer mentoring, ambassadorship and advising. These positions provide undergraduate students with opportunities to establish new programs or provide services to fellow students at York and contain less than 20 per cent clerical work. Students who are awarded a YES position cannot hold another YES, CLAY, RAY or Work/Study position concurrently.


You may be eligible for the YES program if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person.
  • Undergraduate student enrolled in a degree program.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate satisfactory academic progress (i.e. you are not on academic warning/probation).
  • Have not defaulted on previous student loans or other government bursary programs.
  • Fall/winter session (September to April): full-time in both the fall and winter terms, that is, at least 60 percent of a full course load (at least nine credits) in each term or at least 40 percent (at least six credits) in each term for students with a permanent disability.
  • Summer session (May to August): student must be registered full-time in at least 60 percent of a full course load (or 40 percent of a full course load, for students with a permanent disability) or registered as a full-time student in the preceding winter term and returning to full-time studies in the following fall term.

We encourage students to apply for government financial aid (for example, OSAP or the comparable assistance program in the student's home province).

Salary Rate

Hourly rates can vary with the nature of the job. The rate of pay will be indicated on the job posting and/or you will be advised by the employer during the interview.

Benefits and Responsibilities

The YES program helps you meet your expenses during the academic year and offers you valuable life and work experience with flexible hours that work around your academics. It also provides work experience in your area of study as a number of jobs are program related. Here are some examples of past YES positions:

  • Student Ambassadors
  • Residence Activity Coordinators
  • Peer Educators/Advisers
  • Student Therapists
  • Writing Skills Tutor

As a YES student, you are a valued University employee and have important responsibilities; you are expected to:

  • Complete your assigned duties.
  • Keep your supervisor informed of your availability to work the agreed-upon hours.
  • If you are unable to honour your commitment, speak to your supervisor immediately and try to arrange a more workable schedule.
  • If you withdraw or drop to part-time status during the academic session, inform your employer immediately: you will no longer be eligible for the YES program and will have to resign from your position.

Employment Options Available to International Students

Visit York International for information about working in Canada.